Episode 105: Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut”
In 1999, Stanley Kubrick made his last film, four months before the release of “Eyes Wide Shut,” this master filmmaker died. When “Eyes Wide Shut” was released during the summer of 1999, it was met with a lukewarm or polarizing critical reception. It wasn’t until a few years after its release, did film critics and cinephiles realize “Eyes Wide Shut” was a playful, ambiguous masterpiece. Led by, at the time, real-life married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, “Eyes Wide Shut” embarks on a psycho sexual odyssey full of pitfalls, masked orgies and an examination of gender roles leading into the next century, all taking place on the strange streets of New York City.
Why were cinephiles apprehensive in praising “Eyes Wide Shut?” What does his final film say about Stanley Kubrick as a filmmaker and a man? And what is about “Eyes Wide Shut” that separates it from Stanley Kubrick’s other films?
Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” is the subject of episode 105 of the AuteurCast…